A few weeks ago, I was brainstorming for new topics to write about on my blog. I came up with an idea to blog about my favorite image that I capture each month. No, it’s not original, but each month, I will pick my favorite image out of all the images I captured that particular month. I’m not sure what criteria I will use to narrow down to each image. I may choose the image based on technical qualities, emotional connections or the amount of creativity it took to capture the image. Or, I may use a combination of attributes.
I am going to choose this New York City photograph as my favorite image taken in July. The emotional connection is what made me choose this image. Personally witnessing “ground zero” was surreal. I remember exactly what I was doing on the morning of the attack in the same way that an older generation remembers what they were doing on the day JFK was assassinated. Knowing that I was walking on the ground that was the site of a terrorist attack and where 2,606 people had perished… knowing that I was at the location that I had watched on TV for hours, and weeks, and months was almost unreal to me. Reading the names of the victims, seeing the makeshift memorials, and watching people congregate around and stare into the reflecting pools brought this unimaginable incident a little closer to life for me.
“Reflecting Absence” is the name of the design used to build the two pools. Each pool is one acre and is in the footprint of where each of the Twin Towers once stood: the North Tower and the South Tower. It’s symbolic that the Twin Towers once reached 110 floors into the sky and, for a short period of time, were the tallest buildings in the world. Now, the waterfalls drop 30 feet into the ground before reaching another pit in the earth which seems bottomless. The waterfalls are the largest manmade waterfalls in the United States and are meant to drown out the city noises. They are intended to symbolize the loss of life and the physical void left by the terrorist attacks.
New York City Photographs
Here are a few more images from my visit to the September 11 Memorial:
**Personal Note: September 11 has long been on a list of important anniversaries for me to remember… long before 2001. September 11 was cemented in my mind in 1990… the day my mother died.
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